Russian atheist faces a year in prison for saying ‘there is no God’

Atheist faces a year in prison for saying ‘there is no God’ during an argument over social media in Russia

The Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow, part of the main Russian Orthodox Church

A Russian atheist who said ‘there is no God’ in a row on social media could be sentenced to a year in prison.

Viktor Krasnov, 38, is facing the punishment for the messages he posted on European social networking site Vk.com, his lawyer said.

In the messages, published in 2014, Krasnov said: ‘If I say that the collection of Jewish fairytales entitled the Bible is complete bulls***, that is that. At least for me.’

He later added: ‘There is no God!’

The authorities became aware of the comments when another online user involved in the dispute contacted them.

The user claimed Krasnov had ‘offended the sentiments of Orthodox believers’.

Krasnov’s lawyer Pavel Chikov, a human-rights activist, said the messages had now been deleted.

Mr Chikov said his client’s was an atheist who challenged prevailing customs.

Russia’s Investigative Committee – the equivalent of the FBI – charged Krasnov, who is now on trial in his native city of Stavropol, in southern Russia.

 

-more at Daily Mail

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